Gardener in Residence in Owen Sound

A Gardener in Residence Program has taken root at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library.

The Grey County Master Gardeners will host the Gardener in Residence program, every third Tuesday until November 19.

Master Gardeners (MGs) in Ontario are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture extensively and continue to upgrade their skills through technical training.

CEO and Chief Librarian Tim Nicholls Harrison explained the session for June 18 will feature information about Planting Native. People can learn why it’s important to plant native species and how you can improve biodiversity.

"The sessions that we're doing with the Master Gardeners, there's one a month on the third Tuesday of the month on different topics, as we progress through the year," explained Nicholls Harrison. "So, it has, you know, a seasonal value to it as some of the discussion is around what you'll encounter in the garden at that time."

Nicholls Harrison is excited to see the library expand on their programming.

"We've had one offs, and we have our seedy Saturday, where people can come in and get seeds, and that's earlier in the year," he added. "But to have an ongoing program, this is quite new, that concept of, sometimes there's a writer in residence, or a poet in residence. So to have a gardener in residence at the library is a really cool approach."

Sessions will be held Tuesdays, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, and November 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on the Main Level. The Gardening Demo begins at 2:00 p.m. with registration suggested. That will be followed by a Drop-in Advice Clinic from 2:30 – 3:30pm.

To register for the Gardener in Residence demonstration or for more information, contact 519-376-6623 ext. 3 or info@library.osngupl.ca

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